Tomato and Basil Plant Collection

The tastiest varieties of tomato plants for growing in the UK. These tomato plant seedlings are top quality and chosen for their exceptional tastiness. More
10 seedlings 510187-10 £10.95 Delivery mid June
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Our tried and tested favourite tomato plants and basil to keep them company. These tomato plants are ideal for growing in the UK and will provide you with tasty tomatoes throughout the summer.

This collection contains:
  • 2 seedlings of Tomato 'Gardeners Delight' – the classic garden favourite
  • 2 seedlings of Tomato 'Noire de Crimee' – a delicious, juicy, Russian variety which grows and crops reliably in the UK, even outside
  • 2 seedlings of Tomato 'Sungold' – the sweetest, easiest and most productive cherry tomato
  • 4 seedlings of Genovase Basil – a brilliant companion plant, perfect for eating with tomatoes and, if grown close by, helps protect against white fly

Full spacing, planting and growing instructions sent out with every order.

Border Position Kitchen Garden
Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Scent Scented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 1.8m (6ft)
Spacing 45cm (18in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Transplant seedlings into 9cm (3.5in) pots and grow on in a glasshouse (or a well-lit windowsill), once roots have filled these, transplant into 2 litre pots to grow on. When the first flowers begin to show their yellow colouring plants should be ready to plant into their final positions. For unheated greenhouses, final planting can take place in mid-spring. For growing outside, gradually acclimatise plants to outdoor conditions before planting out in early summer. When planting into ground, add plenty of compost or well-rotted manure prior to planting and create a shallow circular reservoir around the plant to help retain water or use Ring Culture Pots. Leave 60-90cm (24-36in) between each plant and plant them deep, sinking them to a depth of 0.5cm below the seed leaves. For containers, use a large pot (minimum 5 litres) and fill with a good quality, peat-free compost. For Grow Bags, allow two plants per bag.
Care Tips Under cover or outside they need staking, regular watering and weekly feeding for best results. Water the soil, not the plant, tomato leaves and stems dislike getting wet. Pinch out the tops once they have set 5 or 6 trusses. You also need to pinch out any shoots that develop between the stem and main branches as they divert valuable energy from the developing fruits. Companion planting works well with tomatoes. Try basil underneath as a sacrificial planting – white fly is drawn to it rather than your tomatoes – or try garlic, nasturtiums or tagetes to repel aphids. Find more information on how to grow tomatoes from seed. Find more information on how to grow tomatoes from seed.
Harvesting July - October, Cordons fruit over a long period. You should be picking tomatoes in July and continue harvesting from the cordons until October. At the end of the summer, any unripe tomatoes can be picked and placed next to a banana – the ethylene released helps them to ripen. For basil, remove individual leaves or stems, don't cut the plant to the ground. Remove flowers as they appear.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Delivery

Plant Delivery - When in stock, please allow up to 3-4 weeks for despatch. For fruit & veg bare roots/crowns, please allow up to 2 weeks for despatch.

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Tomato and Basil Plant Collection reviews

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Louise

Articles arrived in time and with good instructions, some of products not been particularly satisfactory

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Reviewed 28th September 2018 by Miranda

The plants arrived well wrapped and ready for planting - I had Basil throughout the Summer, they were exceptionally tasty. I had problems with the heritage tomatoes but I suspect that was down to my greenhouse and not the plants which were healthy.

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Reviewed 22nd September 2018 by Elizabeth

You replaced first lot due to poor quality. Sent a different selection as agreed which were no better, but I persevered. Plants when delivered this time wer bent over in the tubes and etiolated. Never made strong plants and I had only few tomatoes. Basil plants were fab, inside and out this year.
Shame as I had great sweet peas, alstromerias, salvias etc from you.
Can’t seem to attach pics from iPad to show you.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for leaving your review. We are very sorry to hear of your disappointment with your Tomatoes and have now refunded your original order."

Posted 7th November 2018

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Susan

The seedlings had been in transit too long and were all bent over and one basil plant was damaged.
I sent a email a the time but received no reply.
I threw away one basil and one tomato seedling and because of that, I thought twice before ordering plants recently.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Please be advised we did receive your email and arranged a refund for this collection on the 14th May this year. You may wish to check in your email junk folder for our reply."

Posted 7th November 2018